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Friday, February 25, 2011

HARRIET WADHAM: I like donkeys now! :)


I like donkeys now!

On August 11th 2010, I was escorted, along with my good friend Luke, to the
Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon, where we were to be filmed for an episode of Dick and Dom Go Wild! When we arrived after a journey full of nervous butterflies fluttering around in our tummies, we were associated with a couple of helpers. We then walked to what that day would be our base to have a little snack and some lunch.


After our small chow-down we set out to meet our presenter for this day. Out of Dick and Dom, the latter was filming somewhere else. I don’t quite know where. Oh well. So Dick was our friendly host.

Before we actually went to the Donkey Sanctuary I never really liked donkeys that much, but, as the title suggests, I now think that they’re quite cool. But anyway, the tasks performed by Luke and I were, in order:

1. Prepare breakfast for Laurel and Hardy - no, they’re donkeys too.
2. Make a yummy jam sandwich for Copper the donkey. I, yet again, can’t remember the name.
3. Dress a wound on Copper’s leg.
4. And to top it all off, we helped to shower a vixen. Nah, kidding! She was a donkey. (Regrettably, they didn’t feature the washing of the donkey in the actual episode. Never mind, eh?)

Unfortunately, we had to keep re-shooting certain scenes of the programme (just to get it right) and to tell the honest truth, it sometimes got a little bit tedious- but that’s life in the limelight for you. So who am I to complain?
Nobody, really.
To conclude, one would desire to express their pleasure at the simply splendid goodie bags they received. Inside were some leaflets, stationery and one’s most desirable gift of all was a knitted donkey toy, munificently knitted by the hands of- okay, I’m giving up the posh talk. Anyway, my favourite gift had to be the donkey toy. On the way home Luke and I fought with them. Don’t worry, they aren’t that damaged… sort of… But the most important part was that I had a lot of fun being filmed and I most definitely look forward to the time when (hopefully, anyway) I’m next on TV!!J
By the way, in my boyfriend [Danny]’s maths class at school, the evil people think I don’t exist. They think I’m an imaginary obese hamster. Hamsters are cool, anyway! So do I look like an imaginary obese one? NO. Please comment on my blog (yay) to prove them WRONG!
By the way, if any of you evil maths people do chance to see this, please note that I doubt we are going to be friends in future.

Now whom are you to encroach upon mine own infinite faculty?
Hamsters, however cool they are, couldn’t write that..

2 comments:

palmerlarryray said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful excursion. Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us.

Oll Lewis said...

I have met Harriet and can indeed confirm that she is not an imaginary obese hamster... to my knowlage.